Something I realized as I watched, as I'm sure every X-Files fan eventually realized, is that the Myth Arc was not thought out in advance. For some fans, this realization is traumatic, but I took it in stride. The myth arc episodes always seemed to ask more questions than they answered and occasionally go around in circles, so I wasn't too bothered to figure out they weren't really going anywhere with it. All an episode can ask at that point is to be solid on its own merits, rather than as part of a larger whole.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
AKA The FBI's Most Unwanted
Most TV shows, with the exception of shows focused on large overarching plots (Breaking Bad, Twin Peaks, Battlestar Galactica reboot), tend to open kind of shaky. With the exception of a handful of good episodes, the first season of Buffy is basically unwatchable, the first season or so of Seinfeld does not resemble what we think of as Seinfeld in any meaningful way, TNG didn't find its feet until mid season 2 to season 3, etc. etc.
That doesn't seem to really be the case with The X-Files. While there are a solid number of duds in the first season, the series really seemed to know what it wanted to be, and more importantly how to be that, from the word go. Which is more than I can say for a lot of shows.